Metro news for Thursday

Blake Fulenwider – who has been health policy adviser to Gov. Nathan Deal -- will join the state Department of Community Health as deputy commissioner on Nov. 1.

Fulenwider has helped lead the state’s committee exploring the creation of an insurance exchange. As deputy commissioner at the health department, he will be involved in key initiatives, including the Medicaid redesign and development of a statewide health information exchange. MISTY WILLIAMS

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State Board of Education member Mary Sue Murray will serve on the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Board of Directors for the Southern Region. She received the appointment during the NASBE's recent annual convention in Atlanta. Her term will begin in January and run two years. Murray has served on the state Board of Education since February 2003. Her current term expires January 2016. NANCY BADERTSCHER

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State Road and Tollway Authority Director Gena Evans is scheduled to speak to a Gainesville planning agency about the I-85 HOT lane project next week.

Evans' presentation to the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy committee was scheduled months ago, according to the MPO. It is slated for 10 a.m., Nov. 1.

A  public town hall meeting in Gwinnett County about the HOT lanes on Monday drew hundreds of frustrated residents.  The Gainesville meeting is not a town hall. ARIEL HART

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How does your favorite restaurant rate with the county health inspector. B5

Three of a Kind

Teachers  across metro Atlanta. B5